The form used to apply for federal student financial aid is called the Free Application for Federal Student Aid or FAFSA, and is available from FAFSA's website. For the 2020-2021 academic year, you will be using your 2018 income and asset information to complete the FAFSA. You should also include IU's school code (001809) so that we have access to your FAFSA data.
IRS data retrieval option
When filing the FAFSA, please try to use the IRS data retrieval tool. Importing your IRS data directly into the FAFSA will streamline and expedite the processing of your financial aid application and could help you avoid having to submit additional documentation to the financial aid office later in the academic year. For additional help in completing the FAFSA, please go to FAFSA's help page, or call (800) 4-FED-AID (1-800-433-3243). Either way, it’s a good idea to make a copy of the FAFSA for your own records.
Filing priority date: April 15
But you may file the FAFSA anytime after October 1, 2019. Filing early helps you avoid the rush that occurs closer to the priority deadline, and ensures that the money will be available when you need it to pay for your education. You may also file after April 15th to receive Federal Direct loans.
Notification of your financial aid
Confirmed law students who have completed the IU E-App, will be packaged with federal financial aid beginning in early March. You will be sent an electronic notification outlining your financial aid, including loans from the Financial Aid Office at that time. If you decide to borrow federal student loans, you will also receive subsequent instructions on how to complete and sign a master promissory note.
How you receive your money
All student financial assistance, including scholarships and fellowships, is credited to your student account through the IU Office of the Bursar. All charges incurred through the university are covered first, and then a refund for any remaining funds is released to you by the start of each semester or session. To expedite this process, you should consider setting up direct deposit, a free service that deposits your financial aid refund directly into the bank account of your choice.
The Maurer School of Law follows Indiana University's refund policies, which can be found in the university's Enrollment and Student Academic Information Bulletin. Note that the Law School's policy follows the policy for undergraduate students in the flat fee range (described at the top of the web page), and not the policy for graduate students described on that page.